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The tragic death of 14 civilians and a soldier in the botched counter-insurgency operations by the Assam Rifles in the Mon district of Nagaland, last week, has caused national anger, anguish and shock.

Arguing that the “horrific massacre” was caused by the criminal violation of laid down procedures by army officers overseeing the operation, Swarajya calls for “heads to roll” and criminal prosecution of those responsible for the tragedy, if Nagaland is to be stopped from sliding back into a bruising insurgency that it witnessed for decades.

An op-ed column in EastMojo argues that the state of strife between security forces and the Nagas is largely the result of the extension of a colonial mindset. It asserts that this posture is bolstered and entrenched by the misuse of AFSPA, which provides for immunity for the security forces with scant accountability.

As we debate the wisdom of retaining colonial-era sedition laws on our statuettes, one of the remedies suggested has been a more exacting interpretation of what constitutes an offence under section 124A of the Indian Penal Code. Article 14 analyses the database of sedition cases and tells us why the dilution of the law or mere creation of “guidelines” in enforcing it will be a flawed exercise and will change nothing.

The Probe, meanwhile, talks to citizens arraigned under the sedition law, prominent civil rights activists, lawyers and journalists on everything that is wrong and draconian with the sedition law and the UAPA.

The rising cases of the Omicron variant raise fears of an imminent third wave in India. Mojo Story discusses the severity of the variant, and goes into critical questions. Is the new variant more virulent than Delta? Is our health system capable of handling a potential surge? Has the time come to mandate two compulsory jabs and should we launch a booster-shot effort ?

For more such stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


Sunil Rajshekhar

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Nagaland Killings: Heads Must Roll Immediately To Assuage Public Outrage, Also Time To Rethink Counter-Insurgency Tactics To Prevent Repeats

A counter-insurgency operation being conducted by the Assam Rifles, a paramilitary force, in the Mon district of Nagaland last week went horribly wrong, resulting in the death of 14 civilians. Swarajya calls for immediate cashiering and prosecution of the officers responsible.

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Nagaland: Mon massacre shows India has never treated Nagas as equal

The still entrenched colonial mindset and the tools like AFSPA are the reasons why conflict in the Northeast, and Nagaland, still fester and lacerate. EastMojo’s opinion piece dwells on the issue.

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India’s Spiralling Sedition Crisis & Why A Dilution Of The Law Will Not Prevent Its Misuse

As the Supreme Court hears multiple petitions challenging the constitutionality of section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, Article 14 analyses the sedition cases and argues that mere diluting of the law or attaching guidelines will not amount to much.

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Is sedition, UAPA being used to curb dissent? | Podumentary |

Even as the debate about the constitutionality of the law against sedition and UAPA rages in the courts and outside, The Probe delves into what is brutal and authoritarian in their provisions.

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Omicron Surge In India | Vaccine Mandates, Booster Doses, Or A Jab Push?

Mojo Story discusses the rising incidences of the Omicron variant in India and its implications for citizens, hospitals and policy. If the new variant is anywhere as virulent as the earlier Delta variant, is the system equipped to deal with it, in terms of hospital beds, oxygen - for instance - it asks.

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